The situation got heated when Josh Wale went nose to nose with British title rival James ‘Jazza’ Dickens for the first time yesterday.
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Barnsley fighter Wale will face Dickens for the vacant British super bantamweight title in Liverpool tomorrow night.
And if the press conference showdown was anything to go by, it should be a bout full of spite.
As the two men went head to head for the cameras, neither wanted to break their stare at the other, even after calls from officials for the two to break.
There followed a long and awkward staredown, only broken when Dickens stepped forward to go nose to nose with Wale.
The Barnsley man responded with a push and insults were thrown.
Tomorrow night’s bout will be Wale’s second attempt at winning the British title after earning a hard fought draw against Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell last May.
It will also be Dicken’s second attempt, having been stopped by Sheffield’s Kid Galahad 18 months ago at Magna in Rotherham.
Wale has also fought Galahad and was only stopped when the ringside doctor forced the fight off due to the severity of cuts around his eyes.
“Galahad stopped Jazza and he wouldn’t have put me down if he was still hitting me know,” Wale said.
“I think that says a lot about how this fight is going to go.
“I’m confident of getting the stoppage.”